After two failed attempts to auction off the weapon that was used in the death of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman is making his third attempt to sell the Kel Tec PF9.
Just a few minutes after Zimmerman listed the gun on Gunbroker, the online auction site pulled the weapon from auction by using their right to reject listings on their own accord, and in this case because of the publicity behind the controversial story that goes along with the weapon.
Zimmerman made his second attempt to sell the weapon through the United Gun Group where he originally listed the weapon for an opening bid of $5,000. Zimmerman took the listing down on Saturday after receiving multiple fake bids that brought the weapon to a price of over $65 million.
Zimmerman is making his third attempt to sell the weapon, again through the United Gun Group, but will start the opening bid at $100,000 or a purchase now option of $500,000.
United Gun Group is not opposed to selling Zimmerman’s firearm, unlike many auction houses.
Multiple people have shown interest in the weapon, such as Martin Shkreli, also known as “the most hated man in America.” Shkreli significantly raised the price of anti-parasitic drug Daraprim to earn himself the title. Shkreli took to social media to express his interest in the weapon.
The only reason I would bid on the Zimmerman gun would be to destroy it or put it in a museum as a disgusting reminder of racism in the US.
— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) May 12, 2016
According to the Orlando Sentinel, gun collector Jeff Posey is interested in buying the weapon so that he can either
take the weapon to a museum or destroy it. Posey said “I don’t want to let this gun become some nut job’s kill trophy. The ultimate insult to the Martin family would be allowing some wacko to wave this gun all over YouTube for the next 30 years.”
Posey has made attempts to contact Zimmerman, but people unaware of Posey’s intentions have made efforts to prevent the two from getting in contact by creating fake email accounts in Zimmerman’s name.